Can You Microwave Carrots?

Unlike boiling carrots, when microwaving carrots there’s a little more to it. But don’t worry, the full method for doing so is covered below (and we’ve included a few of our top tips too):

How to Microwave Carrots

When you microwave carrots you are actually steaming them. This is thought to be a great way to cook most of your vegetables. Because of how quickly this cooks the vegetables you lock in far more of their nutrients than if you were to use other methods.

The other great thing is that it’s a super quick way to cook them and can take just a couple of minutes.

To cook your carrots in the microwave follow this method:

  1. Wash and Chop
    Wash and chop your carrots to your liking. You can also peel them but you don’t need to. The skin of the carrot is edible and it contains lots of great nutrients.
  2. Add Carrots to Dish
    Pop the carrots into a microwavable dish and add a little water to the bottom of the bowl. You don’t need to cover the carrots, just add enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Cover
    Cover with a lid or a plate. You don’t need to worry too much about venting because you want the steam to be trapped as this is how the carrots are cooked.
  4. Microwave
    Cook on full power for two to three minutes.
  5. Check
    Check the carrots and give them a stir. If they need a little longer pop them back into the microwave for another minute.
  6. Continue to Check Until Done
    Keep repeating the process at time intervals of one minute until the carrots are cooked how you prefer them.

Remember, if you have a microwave steamer you can use this and just follow the instructions that come with your steamer.

Microwaved Carrots

3 Tips for Microwaving Carrots

If you want to have complete success when steaming carrots in the microwave then make sure you give our three top tips a read:

  • Infuse with Flavour – If you like your carrots with a little extra flavour you can add this before you cook. This can then infuse as they are cooked for a delicious side dish. You can keep it simple with a little salt and pepper or be a little more adventurous with some herbs and spices. For an earthy flavour why not try a little turmeric and garlic?
  • Adjust for Doneness – You can cook your carrots as much or as little as you like. Some people like them very soft, others al dente. You can achieve both using the method in this article. All you need to do is adjust your cooking times by increasing or decreasing the amount of time the carrots are in the microwave.
  • Steam Multiple Veggies – If you have similar types of vegetables that you want to steam in the same way for your Sunday lunch then you can avoid extra washing up and hassle by microwaving them all at the same time. Pop them into the same bowl and use the same method. Just be careful as some vegetables take less time than others so you may need to add some veggies halfway through the cooking time of your carrots.

Advantages of Microwaved Carrots

When it comes to using the microwave to cook carrots, here are the benefits you ought to be aware of:

  1. Healthier
    One of the best advantages of microwaved carrots is that they are actually considered healthier for you! When you cook vegetables by boiling them a lot of the nutrients contains in the veggies are leached out into the water so by the time you eat them they are not as good for you as they could have been. When you microwave your carrots you are actually steaming them. This together with how quickly they are cooked means more of the nutrients stay locked into the carrots.
  2. Very Fast
    Another advantage of cooking your carrots in the microwave is that it is so much faster! You can have your carrots ready to eat within minutes instead of needing to wait for them to boil or roast to perfection.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Carrots

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news:

  1. Easy to Overcook
    There are few disadvantages to cooking your carrots in the microwave but you do have to take care not to overcook them. Because it takes so few minutes to cook them it is easy to pop them in the microwave for too long and end up with mushy carrots instead of a delicious side dish with a little crunch.
  2. Exploding Carrots!
    Very occasionally you hear stories of carrots bursting or exploding in the microwave! This is true, they can spark while in the microwave due to the minerals contained but it’s pretty rare. If you have chopped your carrots beforehand into small pieces you should be fine. It is something to be aware of though.

How to Reheat Carrots in the Microwave

You can also reheat your carrots in the microwave if you need to. However, you should be aware that this can make them go mushy or soggy as it will cook them a little more.

To heat them in the microwave then you can just pop them into a bowl, cover and microwave for a minute or two. Check them and then keep reheating until they are hot again.

How to Defrost Carrots in the Microwave

If you have frozen carrots you shouldn’t need to thaw them out at all. You can cook them right from frozen. This is the same if you are roasting, boiling or steaming in the microwave.

To do this you can use your usual cooking method and just add a little extra time to allow for thawing.

Final Summary

Not only can carrots be microwaved but it is a great method to cook them. They are better for you because of all the fantastic nutrition that is locked in and it’s quick and easy to do too!

What better way to add some veggies to a meal quickly and easily?